Thomas Bayrle

Patterned floor and wall works in the fair entrance using designs from 1967

Thomas Bayrle, Sloping Loafers/Smooth, 2012

Working since the mid-’60s Thomas Bayrle is recognized as a key figure in European ‘Pop Art’, sometimes referred to as ‘Grey Pop’. In Bayrle’s work, single units are replicated and stretched into a mass, describing a world suspended between positive collectivism and deadening uniformity. His varied practice has spanned painting, sculpture, fashion and graphic design. For Frieze Projects, Bayrle presented two patterned works along the entrance to the fair and in the public squares using designs originally conceived in 1967, derived from pairs of loafers in traffic-light colours and the Laughing Cow motif from the French processed cheese brand.

Thomas Bayrle (b. 1937) is a German artist based in Frankfurt am Main. Recent solo exhibitions include Air de Paris, Paris (2012); dépendance, Brussels (2011); ‘Gummibaum and materials’, Base Progetti per l’Arte, Florence (2010); ‘Their Combination is Spectacular’, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva and ‘I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona (both 2009). Group shows and projects include La Chaufferie, Strasbourg (2012) and Raven Row, London (2009). Bayrle's work for Frieze London was produced with support from Maharam.